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Moffat Beach

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published October 6th 2012
No beach patrols? No worries There's plenty to do at Moffat
Unpatrolled beaches never sound too appealing to the tourists. Without the lure of the red and yellow flags they're unlikely to make one the top of their 'to do' list. Well the joke's on them, because they're missing out - big time. Moffat Beach has to be one of the most scenic spots and underrated beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

Looking out over beautiful Moffat Beach from the headland
Looking out over beautiful Moffat Beach from the headland


Just south of popular Dicky Beach and over Tooway Creek lies Moffat. This unpatrolled beach is fantastic for the local surfers and dog walkers wanting to get out and sample the fresh air. It's easy to spend anything from an hour to the entire day just curled up on the sand with a good book, either on the sand or in one of the nearby parks.

Walking south along the beach towards the headland
Walking south along the beach towards the headland


The best place to head for is the carpark at the Queen of Colonies Parade, between Eleanor Shipley Memorial Park and Moffat Beach Park, at the base of the headland. Find a park around here and set yourself up for the day. There are plenty of tables shaded perfectly thanks to the fall Norfolk Pine Trees around here.

What a sight - hundreds of thongs have been hung up on the fence near the northern end of the beach
What a sight - hundreds of thongs have been hung up on the fence near the northern end of the beach


If you're looking for a place to swim, sorry but Moffat isn't for you. As tempting as it is the area is unpatrolled by lifeguards and lifesavers. Tooway Creek, runs out onto the beach, can offer you a great ans safe spot to swim - especially for the kids. Besides that I'd only recommend running into the waves up to your waist at the very least.

Bring your dog - they will thank you
Bring your dog - they will thank you


If you've got a dog, Moffat has to be one of the best places you can take them. It's a dog off-leash area from Coorara St, Dicky Beach to Russell St, Shelley Beach, at certain times. We brought a friend's dog down there and he absolutely loved it - the interaction with other dogs was awesome and he loved to run in and out of the water. It tired him out pretty fast.

Picture yourself here
Picture yourself here


Moffat Beach, if anything, is a surfers' beach. It's a north facing beach, so it does offer protection from south-easterly winds. It's said to be great for longboards in the small swell, and can offer up some barrels on bigger swell. For daily updates on offshore swell height and direction click here.

Taking in the sights of Moffat Beach
Taking in the sights of Moffat Beach


After a couple of hours in the sun you're going to build up an appetite. Take a short walk up onto land and check out what's on offer on Seaview Tce and Roderick St. Cafe by the Beach and Sunny's @ Moffats were both packed. Cute little coffee shop The Pocket Espresso Bar will satisfy any caffeine addicts.

It won't be hard to find a patch of sand to call your own
It won't be hard to find a patch of sand to call your own


There are also plenty of local accommodation providers if you want to stretch our your Moffat Beach experience to a full weekend. Norfolks on Moffat Beach has to be one of the most popular (and the closest). The four star, five level, north facing complex overlooks the beach. It has a large heated swimming pool, spa, sauna and barbecues set amongst a tropical garden. They have two and three bedroom apartments on offer. Raintrees Resort have two and three bedroom townhouses on offer just up the road. The resort also comes with two rockpools, one of them heated with an 8 metre water slide and spa.

The playground just behind the beach is amazing.
The playground just behind the beach is amazing.


Swimming at Moffat Beach is inadvisable, but don't let that stop you from spending a fantastic day out in the sun here. It's an absolutely beautiful location and a favourite beach for many who live on the Coast. There are plenty of accommodation providers close by if you're ever keen to make a full weekend out of this gem of a location.
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Why? For a beautiful beach that's never overcrowded with swimmers. Great place for picnics, walking the dog and spending time with the kids.
When: Any time of year
Where: Moffat Beach
Cost: Free
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